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MPAA Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content

Sex & Nudity

  • A man is seen rising from another's crotch, no nudity and the scene only last seconds.
  • Surrealist orgy in which many people writhe against each other. Only lasts for seconds and no nudity is shown. It really isn't a graphic scene.
  • Heavy kissing.
  • Overall the film isn't too bad as far as sex goes. It more so turns the camera away from the main action and is never explicitly shown.
  • In the beginning of the movie, when he is in the rehab's support group, he confesses that he is a Sex addict.
  • Some Sexual references are made
  • Elton is seen stripped and you can see a side butt and a shadow of his penis.
  • The sex scene isn't a sex scene it shows Elton and another man kissing in bed with their shirts off
  • In the "Bennie and the Jets" scene, you can see a topless woman in the background

Violence & Gore

  • Elton is punched in the face.
  • A brief bar fight but it's played in the background of a dance number. It's comical.


  • The film features 26 uses of the expletive "fuck".
  • Some homophobic terms (fag, fairy, poofter).
  • 1 use of "cunt"
  • Milder terms include 'cock', 'bitch', 'prick', 'twat', 'arsehole', 'shit' and 'bastard'.
  • The F word is really only used when people are fighting

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Elton John is addicted to cocaine, weed and alcohol. The use of these substances is frequently depicted. He also mentions that he has tried every drug known to man, yet this lifestyle isn't shown as glamorous in any way.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Elton is in emotional distress throughout most of the movie.
  • Elton has a troubled relationship with both his parents.
  • Elton has a troubled and complicated relationship with his lover/ manager.
  • Realistic depiction of drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Elton struggles with depression.
  • Elton struggles with his sexuality.
  • In some scenes after Elton does heavy drugs, it will show the aftermath which is almost nothing but terrible.


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Sex & Nudity

  • The movie has a sex scene including John Reid (Richard Madden) and Elton John (Taron Egerton). No actual thrusting or gratuitous detail is shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Elton has anger management issues, so he would throw things and scream when he'd get angry.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film takes place during an alcoholics anonymous session, with events of Elton's life told in flashbacks with fantastical elements.
  • Elton often blacks out and misses huge chunks of his life, due to drug abuse.
  • Elton unsuccessfully tries to kill himself by overdosing on prescription pills and jumping in his pool.

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